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    Wilson Duette (the first generation; haven't heard the new ones yet).

    Best value in a bookshelf speaker? KEF LS50.
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    That's easy - Harbeth P3ESR

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blake View Post
    Well, yes, they better be superior to the LS50's given the huge price difference.
    It was not so huge to start with and I compare to the LS50s as they are instant classics that many have heard...and they sound great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAcoustat View Post
    Not questioning the DIY gear BUT you already lose lots of money when reselling your name brand gear now imagine how you would lose with DIY gear not saying that it's not good just saying that MOST people consider DIY as crap sometimes true but not always here is a few photos of my DIY 1984 Acoustats 1+1s and let me tell you they are very far from crap.

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    Not about resale, the thread is about "the best bookshelf speaker you have ever heard"


    Hey wison, The Micro's , Heard them at CAF, unreal for $2,500 can't wait for a review and measurements by Stereophile or TAS..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mav52 View Post
    Not about resale, the thread is about "the best bookshelf speaker you have ever heard"


    Hey wison, The Micro's , Heard them at CAF, unreal for $2,500 can't wait for a review and measurements by Stereophile or TAS..
    I know what the thread is about it's my thread, but many are a little outside it, one more should not hurt.

    PS: Kef LS-50 is a good little speaker BUT the best you have heard & Yamaha come on ?????
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    fwiw the best sounding bookshelves my ears have heard are the focal utopia diablo's
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    Best bookshelf speaker you have ever heard

    I wish I can say I heard dozens Of speakers over the years. I only had a pair of b&w 601s and then upgraded to dynaudio audience 40's. both are great values. I am jealous of all those that listen to pulsars, harbeth, Wilson's. i feel so inadequate.lol

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    Raidho D1, Dynaudio Special 25, Dynaudio C1, Focal Diablo, and Totem Mani-2
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    The B&W 805D is the best I've actually heard. haven't heard the Pulsars but would like to.
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    After lots of listening and demos I went with my Revel Gems over the Joseph Pulsars and Wilson Duettes, but would have been happy with any of them and I anguished over the decision for months. They are the best I have heard personally, but I am sure the TAD's, Magico's and Raidho's are superior.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wisnon View Post
    It was not so huge to start with and I compare to the LS50s as they are instant classics that many have heard...and they sound great.
    JBL Control 1's ... they are the 'best bookshelf speaker I ever heard' because they got me into hifi back in the mid-80s.

    I actually bought a pair recently just for kicks and the memories.

    But I'll be sticking with my LS50's for serious listening. ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_and_dac View Post
    JBL Control 1's ... they are the 'best bookshelf speaker I ever heard' because they got me into hifi back in the mid-80s.

    I actually bought a pair recently just for kicks and the memories.
    Very cool mac_and_dac. I bought a pair JBL Century L100's in 1972 and had them for 30 years before I finally upgraded and gave the JBL's to my brother in-law. It was also my first big hi fi purchase, plus my hearing was maybe 5000 Hz better than than it is now! I didn't plan it this way but, as it turns out, every Thanksgiving I get to hear them again. My current speakers are the best bookshelf speakers I've ever heard: the original Gallo Stradas(as opposed to the updated Gallo Strada 2's) with the Gallo TR3 subwoofer, of course. I toy with the notion of getting Mapleshade stands for them but I can't get past the uber price(1500 USD for a pair of stands to use with speakers that individually retail for 999 USD apiece).

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    Not the best i have heard BUT pretty good for the price.

    proac-tablette-reference8.jpg Proac Tablette Reference 8 = $1.800.00 - - - tannoy-prestige-mini-autographs.jpg Tannoy Prestige Mini Autographs = $2,000.00 - - -
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    fwiw,just for sh*ts and giggles heres my list of best sounding bookshelves that I have heard in different budgets.there are many many more that sound just as good but these stick out to my ears. these are some of the speakers that I actually heard owned or own now.
    $200 - Cambridge audio s-30
    $500 - kef q300
    $1000 - ascend acoustics sierra-1
    $2000 - kef ls50
    $3000 - reference 3a mm cappo I
    $5000 - focal electra 1008 be
    $10,000 - dynaudio confidence c1
    above - focal utopia diablo
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    Quote Originally Posted by m&m's View Post
    fwiw,just for sh*ts and giggles heres my list of best sounding bookshelves that I have heard in different budgets.there are many many more that sound just as good but these stick out to my ears. these are some of the speakers that I actually heard owned or own now.
    $200 - Cambridge audio s-30
    $500 - kef q300
    $1000 - ascend acoustics sierra-1
    $2000 - kef ls50
    $3000 - reference 3a mm cappo I
    $5000 - focal electra 1008 be
    $10,000 - dynaudio confidence c1
    above - focal utopia diablo
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    Quote Originally Posted by mav52 View Post
    Not about resale, the thread is about "the best bookshelf speaker you have ever heard"


    Hey wison, The Micro's , Heard them at CAF, unreal for $2,500 can't wait for a review and measurements by Stereophile or TAS..
    Thanks man,

    I would not believe if I had not heard them myself. I dont think they can be beat at that price...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAcoustat View Post
    Not the best i have heard BUT pretty good for the price.

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    I've got a pair of the little Tannoys and I like them because they make music without sounding as though they are trying too hard. Maybe some small speakers might sound super detailed and what have you, but if it is all a bit artificial and the music gets lost, then it doesn't count for much. I can't say I've heard any small speakers which cost 28 thousand dollars though, and maybe they do something magic that the Tannoys don't.
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    Revel Ultima Gem 2s

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    Cool Steinway Lyngdorf S-series

    Quote Originally Posted by MrAcoustat View Post
    What is the best bookshelf speaker you have ever HEARD ?????

    This system, small as it may be, will kick the ass of most high end systems at many multiples its price tag.

    Backed up by two sub's each packing 2 x 10” woofers
    Perfect integration through RoomPerfect™ room adaptation technology.



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    S-series stereo system

    1 x SP-1 Stereo Processor
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    2 x S15 2 way speakers
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    USD 25.000,-


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    Focal Electra 1007BE, also beautifully finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAV View Post
    Focal Electra 1007BE, also beautifully finished.
    Have you heard the 1008Be? Damn it's good.
    The idiocracy is now...

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    Have you heard the 1008Be? Damn it's good.
    No I haven't. What are the major changes between the 1007 and 1008 iterations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAV View Post
    No I haven't. What are the major changes between the 1007 and 1008 iterations?
    I have no idea, the only one I can remember off the top of my head is a larger tweeter cone. Whatever they did, it made a difference though. I listened to both and passed up a pretty sweet deal on the 1007s to get the 1008s.

    I found this: The Audio Beat - Focal Electra 1008 Be Loudspeakers

    The two-way 1008 Be became the latest beneficiary of the larger Beryllium tweeter in Focal's Infinite Acoustic Loading (IAL) configuration. The pure-beryllium, inverted-dome tweeter is identical to that found in the Utopia range. Its dome is 27mm; it used to be 25mm. Infinite Acoustic Loading has bought with it a startling and useful extension downwards in bandwidth. By opening the space to the rear of the dome, allowing it virtually infinite air volume, the resonance frequency, which is always a limiting factor in tweeter design, has been pushed way down. By utilizing this driver, Focal was able to lower the crossover point to 2200Hz, so frequencies normally handled by a relatively heavy midrange/bass driver that would also be working with very low frequencies are now dealt with by this remarkable tweeter.
    The idiocracy is now...

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    Joseph Audio Pulsars at around $7K.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul.Raulerson View Post
    Joseph Audio Pulsars at around $7K.
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    I am really intrigued with Joseph Audio right now... I am trying to restrain myself, but they keep popping up everywhere and with glowing reviews...
    The idiocracy is now...

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